Conor scores a spot on TV show with ex-Candy Stripes captain

Former Northern Ireland international and Derry City legend Felix Healy and Conor McGrotty from Limavady.

Former Northern Ireland international and Derry City legend Felix Healy and Conor McGrotty from Limavady.

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Former Derry City manager, Felix Healy, says his television show is about highlighting inspirational people who don’t get enough exposure.

When ‘Derry County Matters’ airs on Friday among those who captured the attention of the former Northern Ireland international, and who is featured on the show, is Limavady lad Conor McGrotty.

The 23-year-old was born with SpinaBifida and has never been able to walk but, everyone who knows Connor will say that hasn’t stopped the outgoing Roe Valley man from living life to the full.

The HND Creative Media graduate plays wheelchair basketball and also hurling for Ulster. He has his independence on the road having passed his driving test two years ago.

Felix says in the football world he has met people who take things for granted, which is why he is keen to share the stories of people who have courageously overcome difficulties.

“I love doing these stories because what you see is what you get, and giving exposure to people who normally don’t get it,” Felix told the ‘Journal’.

“Meeting people like Conor, when you see what they’ve been through, and when you see their attitude, they’re fantastic.”

Conor, who trains every Tuesday at 7pm at Magee sports hall with the North West Eagles Wheelchair Basketball Club, said it was great to meet the former Derry City player although, he admits, his dad Declan knew a lot more about the former footballer than he did.

“When Felix asked me, I said, ‘yeah, happy days’,” said Conor and, those who know Conor and watch him on the show will see exactly why Conor’s attitude is inspirational.

“I take everything as it comes,” says Conor.

The Derry County Matters programmes is screened each Friday at 7pm on Showcase channel, Sky 191.

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